AT&T

AT&T Says 1.6 Million Can Now Get Fiber Broadband

AT&T this week for the first time got more specific about the company’s ongoing deployment of “Gigapower” gigabit broadband service, stating that 1.6 million subscribers can now get access to the ultra-fast service. While AT&T’s overall fixed-line CAPEX has been dropping, the company continues to push fiber into housing developments, college campuses, and other areas…

Thursday Morning Links – 4/28/2016

Netflix s CEO Applauds Comcast Upping Data-Usage Caps to 1 Terabyte variety.com Comcast can’t be beat on broadband: 438,000 new subscribers in the first quarter, 23.8 million Internet customers in total lightreading.com ISPs see big ingress by mobile operators for internet networkworld.com Toronto Gets its Own Free, Encrypted Mesh Network Motherboard As Broadband Usage Caps…

Google Fiber

Google Fiber is Forcing ISPs to Lower Prices, Speed Up Service

Google Fiber may not be available to all that many subscribers yet, but the effort continues to force incumbent ISPs to step up their game — and lower their traditionally high prices. Generally, Google Fiber has paid dividends by generating a nationwide conversation not only on the lack of broadband competition in most markets, but…

Comcast XFINITY

Comcast is Gobbling up AT&T, Verizon’s Unwanted DSL Customers

Comcast’s latest earnings report indicate that the company managed to add 53,000 video subscribers in the first quarter of 2016, compared to a loss of 8,000 video subscribers during the first quarter of last year. Comcast’s accomplishing the subscriber growth in three ways: like Dish it’s now including its $15 Stream TV customers in its…

Wednesday Morning Links – 04/27/2016

Charter’s buyout of Time Warner may be one mega-merger that’s actually good for consumers latimes.com Politics apparently tying up broadband access in Western Massachusetts digitaltrends.com Comcast Brings Free WiFi to Wawa Stores lightreading.com Turner to launch ad-free subscription streaming video service, FilmStruck, this fall, to be managed by TCM and the Criterion Collection; price not…

Cellular Tower and Antennas

Networking 101: When To Use (And Not Use) A Network Repeater

While a home wireless network was once a luxury, these days it has become an essential technology for most modern homeowners or apartment dwellers. The challenge has become to have a strong signal to the router throughout the residence, which can support high bandwidth activities, such as streaming HD video and gaming. While many current…

Time Warner

Time Warner Cable Expands Company’s ‘Maxx’ Upgrades

Time Warner Cable continues to aggressively expand the company’s “Maxx” broadband speed and TV upgrades into portions of the MidWest and Ohio. Time Warner Cable’s Maxx upgrades not only deliver faster top speeds up to 300 Mbps, but a notably overhauled improvement to the company’s set top box interface. A new company announcement notes that…

Tuesday Morning Links – 4/26/2016

Feds Are Set to Approve the Charter-Time Warner Mega-Merger wired.com A Google internet balloon crashes, and the company calls it a successful test flight qz.com Google gets beaten to the punch by AT&T on super-fast broadband orlandosentinel.com Comcast preventing Xfinity customers from using Starz’s $9/month standalone streaming app, and can only offer flimsy reasons why…

Charter Communications

FCC Approves Charter Merger, Conditions Ban Caps For 7 Years

This has become a bit of a broken record over the last six months, but the FCC appears very close to approving Charter Communications‘ $79 billion (debt included) acquisition of Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks. Sources tell Bloomberg that FCC boss Tom Wheeler is circulating an order to approve the deal with conditions,…

Wave Broadband

Wave Broadband Offers $80 Gigabit Service in Portland

Wave broadband has beaten Google Fiber to the punch by announcing its now offering symmetrical gigabit broadband to some Portland residents for $80 a month. Like most gigabit deployments these days availability is anything but uniform; the company’s announcement makes it clear that the service will be initially be made available to a scattered number of…